SAVE THE DATES – September 20 & 21, 2019 for the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium!

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, together with the State Education Resource Center, UCONN’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Connecticut Secondary Transition Youth Advisory Board, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, has once again planned the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium. This highly successful and informative symposium, Every Voice Matters, will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, September 20, 2019, and Saturday, September 21, 2019. Please review the attached flyer for more information.

CT Secondary Transition Symposium – Every Voice Matters Flyer

REMINDER! Registration is OPEN for Childhood Conversations – Together We Will conference!

Don’t forget! Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Childhood Conversations – Together We Will conference on March 29th and 30th. Learn to support and develop children’s social emotional skills to reduce challenging behaviors and strengthen families and communities. See flyer for details.

Childhood Conversations presents Together We Can conference

2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

The Connecticut Tech Act Project is presenting the 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Downtown Hartford Hilton in Hartford, CT. Registration with early bird pricing is available now through January 18, 2019.

For more information regarding this event, please visit:

Information and Registration for 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Twenty-First Annual Youth Leadership Forum is Coming in July!

Once again this summer, students with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day Youth Leadership Forum at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. This Forum brings together high school students with disabilities throughout Connecticut to explore personal leadership skills, participate in team building activities, define career goals, develop and practice self-advocacy and independent living skills, and create a specific action plan that describes what they will accomplish. Opportunities exist for both students and staff.

Please review more information and the application form using the Web links below. Feel free to forward this information to all those who may have an interest or may assist in further dissemination. Additional copies of the application are available at www.ctylp.org. 

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Student Application

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Staff Application

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announces a Technical Assistance (TA) opportunity through the CSDE’s  School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG). The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is an assessment tool used to inform school’s current behavioral interventions and supports implementation levels.

For more information on the TFI process, please review the attached informational flyer at GOT FIDELITY_TFI

Technical Assistance Available Through the CT School Transformation Grant

A technical assistance opportunity through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant is available to schools that have completed one year of PBIS training in the past.

Please see additional information by visiting:

School Climate Transformation Grant technical assistance opportunity

REMINDER: Required Legislation – Language and Communication Plan for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 11 of Public Act (P.A.) 12-173, entitled an Act Concerning Individualized Education Programs and Other Issues Relating to Special Education, requires that the individualized education program (IEP) of any child identified as deaf or hard of hearing must include a language and communication plan (LCP) developed by the child’s planning and placement team (PPT).  Any child with an identified hearing loss, regardless of whether deafness or hard of hearing is the primary disability category, must have a LCP which documents the considerations and/or actions discussed and identified by the child’s PPT.

The LCP must address:

  • The primary language or mode of communication chosen for the child;
  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the primary language or mode of communication for the child;
  • Educational options available to the child;
  • The qualifications of teachers and other professional personnel administering the child’s LCP, including the teachers’ or professionals’ proficiency in the primary language or other mode of communication for the child;
  • The accessibility of academic instruction, school services and extra-curricular activities for the child; and
  • Communication and accommodations in the physical environment for the child.

Section 300.324(a)(2)(iv) of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that the child’s PPT consider the following areas regarding the communication needs of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing:

The child’s language and communication needs;

  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the child’s language and communication mode;
  • The child’s academic level;
  • The child’s full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the child’s language and mode of communication; and
  • Whether the child’s needs a technology device and/or service(s).

Section 11 of P.A. 12-173 requires documentation of the special considerations outlined in the IDEA and P.A. 12-173 through a LCP developed by the child’s PPT and included in the IEP of each child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  This requirement is reflected on page 10 of the IEP.  The LCP is available on the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) web site at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/word_docs/deps/special/language_and_communication_plan.doc

The CSDE has made available the LCP since 2009 as a tool recommended for use as a best practice document for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The passage of P.A. 12-173 now makes the LCP a required part of the IEP for each child who is deaf or hard of hearing.  The CSDE has posted the LCP as part of the IEP form on the CSDE web site.  To assure that each child’s unique needs are identified and considered in the development of a child’s IEP, the LCP must be developed at the initial IEP for each child who is deaf or hard or hearing and must be reviewed at least annually and revised as appropriate. The LCP as developed and/or revised must be included in the IEP.

Additional LCP resources that are available on the CSDE website include:

Annotated Language and Communication Plan [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/annotated_language_and_communication_plan.pdf

Language and Communication Plan FAQ’s [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/faqs_langauge_and_communication_plan.pdf

Memo from Chief Operating Officer – Section 11 of Public Act 12-173: Required Language and Communication Plan for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/public_act_12_173_lcp_memo.pdf

Questions regarding the LCP can be directed to Colleen Hayles at 860-713-6922 or via email at colleen.hayles@ct.gov.